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Promethean Showcases Revolutionary New Portfolio of “Connected Classroom” Solutions at Bett 2014 Educational Technology Event

January 22, 2014

LONDON, January 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

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22nd – 26th January 2014

At Bett 2014, the leading learning technology event in the UK, Promethean has unveiled
a new suite of educational technology, content development & teacher training solutions
designed to significantly improve the quality of learning while motivating students to be
more successful.

“At Promethean, we are proud to be a leader in bringing forth the technology
renaissance in the classroom,” said Jim Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at Promethean.
“We are working hand-in-hand with educators to help them evolve how teaching and learning
happens in their connected, 21st century classrooms. This new approach leverages digital
content, learning data, and one-of-a-kind Promethean technologies to create an immersive
and interactive experience. The opportunity being presented to Promethean is that we can
empower teachers with a new way to motivate and engage students in learning activities.”

With a broad array of disparate technologies and services available to educators,
Promethean is committed to “Bringing it ALL Together” by offering a one-of-a-kind
portfolio of integrated classroom technology solutions that power the learning process and
motivate students to learn. The new Promethean portfolio is structured into four core
innovation streams:

1. Interactive Lesson-Plan Development & Delivery Platforms – Revolutionize the
classroom environment by connecting interactive learning content to a wide array of
classroom technologies and devices

        - ClassFlow(TM) - Bett 2014 show attendees will be the first general
          audience to experience ClassFlow - a transformative, cloud-based classroom
          orchestration tool that enables teachers to create lessons, deliver interactive
          content across multiple devices, and assess student understanding. With ClassFlow,
          teachers can build and access interactive lesson plans from any web browser. In
          addition, ClassFlow allows teachers to foster student engagement by connecting mobile
          devices such as educational tablets, smartphones, and laptops to classroom displays
          and interactive whiteboards. As a result, teachers can use real-time student responses
          to instantly adjust any lesson plan when it matters the most - in the moment of
          learning. Experience ClassFlow at http://www.classflow.com.

2. Next-Generation Digital Classroom Surface Systems – Motivate students to
collaborate & learn by facilitating active, engaging, & effective learning experiences

        - ActivWall(TM) - The next-generation of student collaboration will be
          enabled through Promethean's new ActivWall - a stunning, fully interactive surface
          that is positioned "front and back" in the classroom. Showcased at Bett 2014 as a
          prototype, the ActivWall provides the opportunity to transform teaching, using the
          vertical surfaces in the classroom, not only as a point for whole class instruction,
          but as the focal point for small team collaboration. The ActivWall features
          Promethean's new optical technology that supports differentiated pen (i.e. the system
          identifies whether the contact is a pen or touch and operates accordingly) and up to
          20 simultaneous touches. The ActivWall prototype is being shown at Bett 2014 with full
          HD images and stereo sound, making the quality of the viewing experience equal to that
          of a flat panel display. For simplicity, the ActivWall self-calibrates within a couple
          of seconds when a new computer is attached.

        - ActivBoard(TM) Touch - Released in early summer 2013, the ActivBoard Touch
          has been available until recently only for Windows and in dual-touch form. For Bett
          2014, Promethean is showcasing the new 6-touch ActivBoard 2.0 suitable for Windows,
          Mac and Linux that will be available for shipment in Q1 2014. The ActivBoard Touch is
          available in two sizes to suit different classroom situations: 78" and 88", providing
          4:3 or 16:10 aspects respectively. The infrared arrays hidden in the narrow bezel of
          the ActivBoard Touch have been optimised to provide a fast reaction, low-latency
          response to touch or pen, ensuring a superb surface for flowing writing and object
          manipulation. The six touch points encourage collaboration on the board's surface that
          is immediately apparent when working with ActivInspire flipcharts or other
          multi-touch, multi-user applications. Teachers will appreciate the simplicity that the
          ActivBaord Touch delivers, including the ability of the magnetic pens to stick to the
          bezel for storage.

        - ActivPanel(TM) Touch - The ActivPanel Touch is a recent addition to the
          range of options for the front of the class. The ActivPanel Touch is available in two
          sizes: 65" and 70", though Promethean will be adding a smaller 55" format and a larger
          84" unit by April 2014. Each ActivPanel Touch provides a full HD (1080p) display with
          LED backlighting to ensure consistent brightness, colour and contrast across the
          entire screen. It includes stereo speakers with 10W per channel and also provides
          audio output if schools wish to link to an external sound system. Featuring
          ActivGlideTM surface technology, the ActivPanel Touch combines both visibility and
          touch elements: high transparency for a clear picture, low reflectivity to counter
          natural or artificial lighting problems, and a wide viewing angle for excellent
          legibility even at the fringes of the classroom; an astonishingly smooth touch
          experience to minimise friction and "finger burn" and lightning-quick response to pen
          and touch gestures. The narrow bezel of the ActivPanel Touch houses a sophisticated
          infrared array that responds close to the screen surface for superb accuracy. The six
          touches supported by the ActivPanel Touch make it an ideal surface for collaboration
          between students.

3. Individual student assessment & response systems – Provide the data & insights that
inform differentiated, personalized instruction while motivating student ownership of
learning outcomes

        - Promethean and KUNO(TM) announce a new education tablet learning system,
          the Promethean KUNO, available for schools in the U.S. Designed to put technology in
          the hands of every student and to meet the needs of K-12 schools, the new device
          combines rugged hardware, device management and student response software to bring
          digital learning to every classroom. The Promethean KUNO 9.7" tablet system is
          compatible with most district curriculum, software, and applications; its cloud-based
          platform makes it easy to configure and manage. Additionally, the tablet comes
          preloaded with Promethean's ActivEngage2 software. This student response and
          collaboration software provides teachers with real-time feedback about their students'
          levels of understanding at any given moment. Having that real-time access to this
          valuable information allows teachers to support and accommodate individual students
          and makes Promethean KUNO a powerful 1-to1 educational tool that educators can use to
          empower students to meet their learning goals.

        - ActivEngage2(TM) is a software-based student response system ideal for use
          in schools that have invested in 1-to-1 laptop initiatives, computer labs, tablets or
          mobile handheld devices or those with Bring-Your-Own-Device initiatives. ActivEngage2
          maximizes current technology investments and eliminates the need for additional
          hardware by leveraging existing devices to provide real-time data and feedback for
          teachers and students. Using Promethean's award-winning software ActivInspire, display
          a question on the interactive display or ask it verbally and learners will respond
          using the virtual device on their computers or handheld devices. Assign quizzes of
          varying difficulty with ActivEngage2's Self-Paced Learning functionality to encourage
          students to work at their own pace and comprehension level. Gain instant insight into
          student comprehension and progress with an intuitive, integrated application that
          makes the most of existing classroom technology., ActivEngage2 enables virtual voting
          across a single classroom, an entire campus and beyond. The software-based system can
          be managed at a classroom level or centrally on a networked server.

4. Customizable teacher training & development programs – Help educators adjust their
teaching styles and unite their curriculum with today’s interactive and integrated
classroom technology solutions

        - Promethean Professional Development & Consultation Services helps
          teachers, administrators, schools and districts effectively implement educational
          solutions and support student achievement. Our goal is to engage educators in
          professional learning that is guided by their needs and requirements to help them
          seamlessly integrate their Promethean classroom technology into curriculum and
          instruction. Each professional development course includes a pre-consultation session
          with a Teaching and Learning Consultant to determine the needs of each individual
          school/district and the best course of action when delivering content. Consultants can
          even integrate curriculum assets the district already has invested in as part of the
          courses.

Promethean’s new portfolio of “Connected Classroom” solutions will be showcased at
Bett 2014 through an actual classroom experience and modeled by students and teachers from
The Ron Clark Academy (U.S.) – a highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school that promotes
innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code
of discipline. The school has received international recognition for success in educating
students and promoting academic rigor, passion, creativity, and increased student
engagement in the classroom. Each year, thousands of educators participate in RCA’s
educator training programs to learn how to replicate the school’s style, philosophy and
success in their own schools. To date, over 10,000 educators from around the world have
participated in RCA’s staff development programs.

“We are passionate about education,” continued Marshall. “Since our beginnings, we
have held true to the conviction that education is central to the well-being of the
society in which we live. For us, nothing could be more important. Our ultimate purpose is
to motivate the student to learn. I believe that our new portfolio is comprised of
transformative new classroom technologies which, when coupled with our intimate knowledge
of the learning process, enables Promethean to effectively partner with 21st century
teachers to create the dynamic environments that motivate students to learn.”

About Promethean

Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by
developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments
that make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. The company is headquartered
in Blackburn in Lancashire, England, with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more
information, please visit http://www.prometheanworld.com.

(c)Promethean 2014. All Rights Reserved. Promethean and ClassFlow are trademarks of
Promethean.

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